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Charly


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  • Actors: Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala, Leon Janney, Ruth White
  • Directors: Ralph Nelson
  • Writers: Daniel Keyes, Stirling Silliphant
  • Producers: Ralph Nelson, Selig J. Seligman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Fox Video
  • Release Date: March 31 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KPHWY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,251 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Waters on Feb. 26 2004
Format: VHS Tape
It was a great movie even thought it didn't follow the book that good. I think that Cliff Robertson did a very good job at it, but it was funny when Charlie fell in love Mrs. Kinnian because he kinda attacked her. The motor cycle part wasn't in the book and Dr. Strauss wasn't a man in the Movie but Dr. Strauss was a man in the book. Whoever said that the movie was awful stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I recommend that people of all ages should read the book and watch the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By HH on Dec 7 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The book was required reading in high school English class, still remember the name Algernon. This movie, like so many others, deviates from the book, however, it is very well done just the same, emotional, sobering, an eye-opener. Sometimes you wonder whether this experient could very well be based on a true story some time and some way.

Cliff Robertson did an excellent job portraying Charly.

This is not a family movie because of the serious nature, depth and the violent encounter between Charly and his teacher. The movie looks dated but is good except for the distracting and annoying collage of psychedelic effects and scenes, which really took away from the film and thus the lower rating.
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By Peter on Oct. 17 2011
Format: DVD
Very realistic. Be prepared for a tragic ending after a hopeful development.
Acting is of the highest quality.
Very realistic portraying of a medical impossibility.
Make you forget that it is actually medical science fiction.
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Format: VHS Tape
I found both the short story, "Flowers for Algernon," and this film adaptation of it to be moving; but the experimental cinematography and somewhat immature storytelling of the screenplay at times made me squirm. The film is almost interesting in itself as a sort of time capsule of 1968 moviemaking; but in the end I think it rests on the strength of the original story and the sincere (if somewhat hokey by today's standards) performance by Robertson to make the movie work in spite of itself. Those plusses weren't enough, obviously, to save the film from obscurity; and it seems odd in an age of remakes that this gem hasn't been targeted for a modern reprise. It could certainly be done better with today's techniques and the maturity of the medium. Bottom line, it's worth renting, but I don't know if I'd want to own it.
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Format: VHS Tape
unfortunately this film tries to push the whole wonderful story 'Flowers For Algernon' into a way too short film. Everything is missing, the most important elements of the book are just not there.
Cliff Robertson is excellent but at times he looks too old for the part of Charly. His over-use of the drooling mouth effect can become annoying as does watching charly (low iq version) spelling out words with his lips.
However, watch this a few times and you will realize that this is a truly sweet film, sad and touching and great for rainy Sunday afternoons!
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By C. Hill on Nov. 3 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I read the book Flowers for Algernon and thoroughly enjoyed it. So I was disappointed when I watched the movie and discovered that it was so bad. I think even if I hadn't read the book I wouldn't have enjoyed this movie. It seemed disjointed and choppy and the emotional trasition from mental disability to intelligence and back to mental disability was very unconvincing. If you want a good story, read the book and skip the movie.
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 6 2002
Format: VHS Tape
"Charly" is based on Daniel Keyes's short story turned into a novel "Flowers for Algernon." The story was about Charly Gordon, a man who, in the parlance of the time, was mentally retarded. As part of a scientific experiment he is given a drug that turns him into a genius. The Algernon of the title is a lab rat who was the first guinea pig for this treatment. However, the treatment proves to be only temporary. Both versions of Keyes's story were done as diary entries, which provided a graphic indication of how Charly is changing.
The 1968 movie version, of course, opens up the story and gets away from the first-person perspective that made "Flowers for Algernon" so compelling. To add insult to injury, there is now a romance between Charly with a character named Alice Kinian (Claire Bloom). Of course, this changes the whole dynamic of the film, at the cost of the poignancy of Charly's relationship with Algernon. As the title character Cliff Robertson won the Oscar and clearly the problem is not with his performance but rather with Stirling Silliphant's screenplay. Still, to be fair, any film adaptation of the fragile original story was going to lose what made it so great.
Consequently, this is one of those films that you will enjoy more if you have not read "Flowers for Algernon." Of course, if you have not read either the short story or the novel, you should. At least this was an intelligence "science fiction" film for its day, certainly a more human story than other films of that era, such as "2001: A Space Odyssey."
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Format: VHS Tape
One interesting aspect of CHARLY is that, altho it was based on a Hugo-winning story from a science fiction magazine, there was nothing in the advertising to suggest that it is SF. That image of Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom sitting by a pond is about as un-science fictional as you can get. Fortunately, the film is from an era when SF movies consisted of far more than spaceships and big explosions and is, for the most part, intelligently done. The final third is rather pretentious and is at odds with the tone of the earlier scenes, but the film's good points make it well worth seeing. (And Daniel Keyes' original short story is well worth reading.)
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